If a wedding is supposed to be all joy, all celebration and all (figuratively at least) sunshine, I can think of no better color that yellow to deck that halls with. Today’s real wedding takes us to charming Decatur and the gorgeous campus of Agnes Scott College wedding venue near Atlanta, GA. Bride Monique did an absolutely beautiful job in coordinating so many beautiful, personal and sunny details into the big day. For the full story, check out the image gallery below from Sharon Theresa Wheaton Photography, a husband and wife wedding photography duo in Atlanta, GA. (Oh, and don’t miss the dress shot — what a gown!)
Can you give us an overview of the event? Our wedding was held on September 3rd 2011, at Agnes Scott College in Latitia Pate Evans Hall. It was a beautiful day filled with love, friendship, well wishes and family. In planning our wedding we wanted to create an event that was a complete manifestation of our love for one another; classic, beautiful and timeless.
Was there a specific theme or style? The theme was Glam in the Butterfly Garden and our colors were gold, ivory and a rich marigold yellow.
What inspired the theme or style? Very early on in our relationship butterflies became a symbol of our couple culture. From time to time, the groom would gift butterfly jewelry to me, we love the story of butterflies, Hope for the Flowers, and the first Christmas ornament we purchased together was a butterfly. As such, we used butterflies throughout our wedding to symbolize the metamorphosis of our relationship to a new beautiful level. Additionally, Evans Hall is very grand and it is surrounded by beautiful gardens inclusive of fountains and flowering trees. The venue helped us to easily create a fusion of elegant opulence with the beauty of nature. We strung crystals, butterflies, flowers and votives to achieve our theme. The details included picture frames capturing our engagement photos.
What were the playful twists that made your event unique: There were many playful twists at our wedding including serving cupcakes at the cocktail hour, and having the string quartet not only platy traditional songs but also Cold Play and the Black Eyed Peas. The most memorable twist was when my father and I had our father daughter dance. We started off with a very traditional, slow dance and then had the DJ switch it to Lil’ John’s “Snap Yo Fingers”. Needless to say, we set the tone for a party.
Did you DIY any of the details? Yes, there were a number of DIY elements at the wedding. I decorated the picture frames that held the table numbers for each of the guest tables. I also decorated and personalized the favors, including decorating cake boxes holding traditional Jamaican Rum Cake and I individually wrapped bottles of sparkling lemonade. My mother also designed the broom we used for the African-American tradition of jumping the broom.
What was the most memorable moment? As a couple, Brian and I agree that the most memorable moment on our wedding day was the point when he and I saw each other for the first time as I was escorted into the ceremony by my father.
Tell us about the food and desserts: We treated our guest to an array of mini cupcakes and gazpacho shooters during the cocktail hour. The bar featured a traditional Jamaican rum punch, an array of wines and beers and our signature cocktail for the evening, the “Glamtini”; which was made with homemade lemonade, sparkling lemonade, strawberry flavored vodka and topped with edible gold and rock candy swizzle stick. Chilled lavender infused terry cloths were passes to guests during the cocktail hour to keep the Indian summer heat at bay.
Our catering was provided by Agnes Scott and they did a wonderful job. The menu started with a pear and gorgonzola salad, followed by a raspberry and champagne intermezzo sorbet, followed by the main course. The main course was comprised of roasted chicken breast topped with chutney of caramelized balsamic bell peppers and Yukon gold mashed potatoes infused with herbs and mascarpone cheese.
The wedding cake was made by Celso’s Cakes and was three tiers of decadent ivory butter cream covered with gold fondant strips and cascading ivory sugar flowers. The wedding cake featured two flavors, the first, a white chocolate mousse cake with grand marnier and raspberry glaze and the second flavor was fresh strawberry shortcake with chantilly cream. The groom’s cake was a traditional carrot cake with pecans and cream cheese icing decked out with the groom’s favorite NFL team regalia, the Atlanta Falcons.
What kind of energy did you entertainment give? The ceremony music was a mix of traditional selections along with some contemporary selections played by a string quartet which set the tone for an elegant affair. The string quartet played “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas during the recessional to set the tone for the rest of the evening. We danced the night away to a vibrant DJ spinning all of the latest hits. The energy was electric!
Tell us how you met: We were introduced by my best friend and MOH, Jatun. From the time that Brain and I first met, we were inseparable, long phone calls turned into fun nights on the town and glances of admiration turned into love.
Tell us about your gown, and what your wedding party wore: I have a complete love affair with my dress. My dress was designed Winnie Couture and is a part of the Avant Mariee Collection. The dress was ivory and had a sweetheart neckline with ruching throughout the bodice and skirt. The detail of luscious layers of fabric roses flowing down the back of the dress were stunning. The matching veil was ivory, waist length and had an ivory satin ribbon edge. The veil was coupled with a regal tiara that matched my bling jewelry. The bridesmaid dresses were designed by Alfred Angelo and were made of marigold colored dupioni silk. Each bridesmaid dress was adorned by a unique gold and pearl broach that was fastened at the waist of each dress. The broach along with classic pearl and gold jewelry was given to each of the bridesmaids as a gift from us.
Now for the proposal, details! After dating for two years, Brian asked me to marry him on Christmas Morning 2010. He handed me a Christmas stocking that held a beautiful diamond ring and got on one knee to ask if I would be his wife. After tears and smiles, the answer, of course, was yes!
What was the best wedding advice you received? The best wedding advice we received was to not lose sight of what the end result of the big day- the marriage!
What were the honeymoon plans? Brian and I spent our honeymoon on the beautiful French Polynesian Island of Moorea. We spent sun filled days and romantic nights in an over the water bungalow at the Intercontinental Moorea.